Our Professional Doctorate is designed to enable advanced practitioners to lead and respond innovatively to the rapidly changing health and social care environment.
We develop leaders who can improve health and wellbeing through addressing local, regional and national concerns, and who have the ability to build evidence bases that inform policy and practice development.
You’ll develop skills in critical analysis, enquiry and research through core units of study with relevance to health and care professionals in practice, across the state, third sector and business sectors.
This will help you to form your own conclusions about the implications for your professional practice, and intervene in health and social care debates as appropriate.
We deliver this practice-based course in two phases. Phase one, in the first two years of study (part time) one year (full-time), involves the study of four core units and one option unit. We teach these units via blended learning, a mix of face-to-face teaching, and online, supervised and guided study.
In phase two, (years three-five part-time; years two and three full-time), you’ll undertake independent study under supervision, submitting your thesis of approximately 40,000 – 60,000 words.
Features and Benefits
You’ll gain academic recognition related to your professional experience and practice.
You’ll develop the skills to develop and improve your professional working environment.
The course is a flexible, blended learning course, so you can fit studying around other commitments.
You’ll develop skills in critical analysis, enquiry and research, helping you to lead and respond innovatively to the rapidly changing health and social care environment.
You could become an experienced practitioner-researcher, or further your career in academia.
To be accepted onto this programme, students are expected to have achieved a minimum of a 2:1 Undergraduate degree classification or have successfully completed a masters degree. We will also consider applications from students with less formal qualifications if they can demonstrate equivalent professional experience and evidence of study at Level 7.
Overseas applicants will require IELTS with an overall score of 6.5 with no less than 6.0 in any category, or an equivalent accepted English qualification. Accepted English qualifications can be viewed here.
Our Professional Doctorate (DProf) gives you the opportunity to gain academic recognition at doctoral level through a research project that links to your specialist area of practice.
Keeping the service user at the centre of your thinking, you’ll engage with policy, practice, and debates in relation to health and social care to inform the research you undertake.
If you opt for the three-year, full-time route, you’ll usually study four core units and one option unit over the first year. Option units may include topics such as contemporary issues in practice or the principles of health economics.
If you opt for the part-time route, you’ll typically study phase one over two years, and phase two up to four years.
In phase two, you’ll focus on your thesis. This is a typically a piece of original research that enables you to better understand, engage, and improve your own practice.
You’ll typically submit a thesis of 40,000 – 60,000 words in year three. You will be questioned on aspects of your thesis and you’ll have the opportunity to respond constructively in a viva voce exam.
Your studies are supported by a team of committed and enthusiastic teachers and researchers, experts in their chosen field. We also work with external professionals, many of whom are Manchester Met alumni, to enhance your learning and appreciation of the wider subject.
UK and EU students: Part-time fee: £2,164 per year. Tuition fees may increase each academic year in line with Research Council indicative guidelines.
Non-EU and Channel Island students
Please contact the department for more information about the fees for this course.
A Master's qualification typically comprises 180 credits, a PGDip 120 credits, a PGCert 60 credits, and an MFA 300 credits. Taught tuition fees will remain the same for each year of study provided the course is completed in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study). Research tuition fees may increase each academic year in line with Research Council indicative guidelines.
Part-time students may take a maximum of 90 credits each academic year.
All of the books required for the course are available from the library. The University also has PC labs and a laptop loan service. However, many students choose to buy some of the core textbooks for the course and/or a laptop. Students may also need to print their assignments and other documents. Campus printing costs start from 5p per page. Estimated costs are £300 for a laptop up to £100 for books and printing. Total optional cost: £400
Postgraduate Loan Scheme
Loans of up to £10,280 for many Postgraduate Courses
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From apartments and eco-friendly townhouses, to en-suite and standard rooms, we have all sorts of accommodation on (or near) campus. Whichever option is right for you, you’ll have a room complete with desk, heater, and storage, together with a shared kitchen, laundry facilities and free WiFi.
And in such a handy location, you’ll never be more than a few minutes from the library, Students’ Union, your next lecture or a bite to eat in one of the many nearby eateries.
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Manchester is a city of enterprise and sport, culture and diversity. Here, connections are formed and futures begun. Art, science and business coexist and collaborate. Actors and accountants, lawyers and linguists – they’ve all found a home for their ambitions.
We have sporting excellence, culinary creativity, digital innovation and thriving commerce. Entrepreneurs and entertainers. Theatre and music. A rich and distinctive culture. We have character, spirit and personality.
Here, you’ll find people of every type, making leaps in technology, taking strides in industry and creating art in every form. We have a proud heritage to look back on, and a vibrant and diverse future to look forward to, full of possibility and promise.
From advice and support to a fantastic Union and sports clubs, we’ve got your time here covered..
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Being part of our community, you’ll find societies, teams and groups that will help you make the most of your time here. This means you’ll have the chance to pursue your passions, but also to meet people with the same interests.
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